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Archives from November 2003
Framing the Friedmans
SUSAN DAVIS
"Capturing the Friedmans" is Andrew Jarecki’s documentary about a child sex abuse scandal that shook Long Island, New York in the late 1980s. Arnold Friedman and his youngest son Jesse were accused of hundreds of cases of assault and sexual abuse o...
Unions are the Answer to the Supermarkets Woes
STANDARD SCHAEFER
To those who believe that unions are nostalgic relics and that America must support it’s massively over indebted businesses at all cost, consider the curious logic of Wall Street food and drug analyst Mark Husson for Merrill Lynch Global Securities. It is hi...
Empire and Revolution in Bolivia
FORREST HYLTON
"It’s a utopia that’s going in who knows what direction." Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada, ex-President of Bolivia It is difficult, not to mention pointless, to resist being caught up in the tide of a rev...
Arundhati Roy’s Complaint for Peace
NEVE GORDON
"Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists," President George W. Bush exclaimed at a joint session of Congress less than 10 days after the Sept. 11 attacks. The war on terrorism and the discourse surrounding it — which has now spread ac...
Capture Me, Daddy
BEN TRIPP
We can’t just go around saying "what’s the matter with these people?" and expect that to solve America’s problems. Half of us (more than half, thanks) are working to get the bums out of office before the situation is irretrievable; the ...
The System Really Works
ADAM ENGEL
In the Summer/Fall of 2000 I decided to Identify myself as a "stop-light green," that is, "if I couldn’t vote red, I’d vote green, but never yellow." True, I could have voted red, but I thought that by voting Green and helping them ...
How the System Rigs the Jury Pool
DAVE LINDORFF
I planned to go to jury duty on Friday, but they told me not to bother. It turns out that in Montgomery County, PA, as in many jurisdictions across the state and country, if you’re honest and answer, on your jury summons questionnaire, that you have b...
Bush Does Bali
BEN TERRALL
George W. Bush’s late October visit to Indonesia was heavy on the superficial, upbeat sloganeering that characterizes his Administration’s explanations of U.S. foreign policy. For this trip, the line seemed to be "message: we don’t hate Musl...
A Journey Across the Bay Bridge
RICHARD TRAINOR
On a clear November morning I am approaching the toll plaza of the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge. I pay the $2 crossing toll and begin proceeding west. Of that $2, $1 is a surcharge that was earmarked for the seismic retrofit of the Bay Bridge. This surcharge w...
Inside a Miami Jail
MICHAEL ADLER
This article is not supposed to be about me because I’m so great or something, it’s just that I can only write about what I’ve seen and heard, so that’ s what I’m going to do. It helps that I was in the more interesting and/or hairy s...
Politicizing War on Fox News
GARY LEUPP
Fair and balanced Fox News has reported extensively this month on the Senate Intelligence Committee. The two big stories are (1) that the Democrats on the Committee are politicizing its work (by calling for a broader investigation than the Republican leadership de...
Lying and Cheating, Bush’s New Political Math
SAUL LANDAU
As a parent, I faced the challenge of helping my kids learn the new math. But how do you help kids grasp contemporary reality when the equivalent of the cognitive shift in numbers hits politics? She asked for help in her Poli Sci course. Does your "new...
A Soldier’s Dream
STEPHEN T. BANKO, III
I dreamed kind Jesus fouled the big guns’ gears; And caused a permanent stoppage in all bolts; And with a smile Mausers and Colts; And rusted every bayonet with His tears. "A Soldier’s Dream", Wilfred Owen...
Thomas Jefferson and Slavery
MITCHEL COHEN
I’m not a big Charlie Rose fan. But last Monday night’s interview on PBS with Gary Wills on his new book, "...
The United States and the Bogeyman
GREG WEIHER
Do you remember that great deck of playing cards that the Bush Administration came up with at the end of "major combat operations" in Iraq? You know, the one with the pictures of the 52 most loathsome Iraqi evildoers? Well, here we are only about six mon...
The "Free Trade" History Eraser
TONI SOLO
Three things hold people’s attention currently in Latin America, the nationwide protest in Bolivia in defence of the country’s natural resources, the ongoing popular defence of the Chavez government in Venezuela and the heavy political defeats suffered...
US Congress Does Israel’s Bidding, Again
MARK GAFFNEY
On October 16 a Muslim leader, Mahathir Mohammed, delivered the keynote address before an all-Islamic Summit Conference in Malaysia. In his speech Mahathir called for Muslim unity. He condemned terrorism. And he urged the Muslim world to focus on cultural and econ...
an Interview with John Pilger
ANTHONY ARNOVE
John Pilger is a veteran journalist and documentary filmmaker. In a career that spans more than three decades, he has reported from the scenes of some of the U.S. government’s most terrible war crimes–from Vietnam and Southeast Asia, to the frontline s...
Knock Down Gets to Wearin’ Thin
RON JACOBS
It was during the holiday season. My buddy Southwester and I stood on the corner of Telegraph and Haste Street in Berkeley, sharing a cigarette and talking up the propeller caps he was selling to the tourists when three cop cars pulled up, their lights aglow. Sout...
On the Anniversary of the Death of Wolfe Tone
PETER LINEBAUGH
On 19 November 1798 the prison surgeon (a French émigré) whispered over the severely weakened body of Wolfe Tone that should he attempt to move or speak, death would arrive instantly. Overhearing the welcome news, Tone thanked the sawbones and replie...
Vietnam and Iraq, Has the US Learned Anything?
GABRIEL KOLKO
There are great cultural, political, and physical differences between Vietnam and Iraq that cannot be minimized, and the geopolitical situation is entirely different. After all, the U.S. encouraged and materially supported Saddam Hussein in his war with Iran throu...
Turkey Potemkin
DAVID VEST
President Bush snuck in and out of Iraq under cover of night on Thanksgiving to have his picture taken with a turkey and some soldiers. If anything else was accomplished by the quick round-trip, the White House did not divulge it. Cable television news, in...
Worse Than Crimes
WILLIAM S. LIND
It is increasingly evident that U.S. Army commanders in Iraq know nothing about guerilla warfare. Over and over, they are ordering actions that are counterproductive. Three recent examples include: * U.S. forces have sealed off Saddam Hussein’s little...
New Bush Tape Raises Fears of Attacks
DISASSOCIATED PRESS
A tape today surfaced in U.S. media outlets of someone purporting to be George W. Bush at a U.S. military base in Baghdad. Intelligence analysts around the world are studying the videotapes. "It certainly looked and sounded like him, but we get so few ...
Suicide as WMD?
HAROLD A. GOULD
It wasn’t an illiterate street urchin whose brain was filled with fundamentalist Islamic hyperbole, and promises of an Arabian Nights paradise in the hereafter, who detonated the bomb that murdered twenty people and maimed three times that many in a popular ...
Wag the Turkey
WAYNE MADSEN
See: Madsen’s follow-up: Wagging the Media Yes folks, we are now all bit players in a real-life version of the movie "Wag the Dog." President Bush and his GOP advisers are ecstatic that the president made a ...
The Story of the Most Important Pakistan Army General in His Own Words
SOUTH ASIA TRIBUNE
WASHINGTON. This is not the untold, but the partially told, story of a Pakistani Army General, probably the most important Pakistan Army General for the United States, after General Musharraf himself. This General commands the 11th Corps, the Pakista...
Why I Hate Thanksgiving
MITCHEL COHEN
With much material contributed by Peter Linebaugh and others whose names have over the years been lost.–MC The year was 1492. The Taino-Arawak people of the Bahamas discovered Christopher Columbus on their beach. Historian Howard Zinn tells us ...
An Account of One Soldier’s War
JACK WILSON The Buffalo Report
The Buffalo Report Editor’s Note: I never met Jack Wilson, but I know what he looks like. He’s th...
In the Shadows of the School of the Americas
STEFAN WRAY
While 10,000 gathered in Columbus, Georgia, in November, outside the gates of Fort Benning to demand the closure of the Army’s School of the Americas — now officially renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation — people join...
Food as Corporate WMD
AL KREBS
The Agribusiness Examiner Food, next to life itself, has become our greatest common denominator. Its availability, quality, price, its reflection of the culture it feeds and its moral and religious significance make it quite literally history’s “staff o...
An Account of One Soldier’s War
JACK WILSON The Buffalo Report
The Buffalo Report Editor’s Note: I never met Jack Wilson, but I know what he looks like. He’s th...
Gays Under the Occupation
NEVE GORDON
Jerusalem. The police officer shoved the Palestinian into the patrol car. "This time," he said, "we are going to take care of you; I will personally make sure that you are sent back to where you came from." For Fuad Moussa, a 27-y...
Weeding Out the Small Farmer
JIM SCHARPLAZ Prairie Writer's Circle
Last summer, a field by my house was planted to soybeans. Walking past early in the growing season, I noticed that the field was completely free of weeds. The plant population had been reduced to the simplest possible — only soybeans grew there. These were genetical...
Miami Heat
DAVID ORR
I got back from Miami on Sunday. It was a different scene than Seattle, although the tear gas was just as real. The cops were much more aggressive and their tactics were clearly designed to create whatever pretext they felt they needed to bash, shoot, spray, threa...
Militarization in Miami
The Time Of The Main Demonstrations On Thursday, The Police Couldn't Hold Themselves Back.
In different circumstances, it would have been funny to see the police outnumbering the direct action protesters, or the comically attired "undercover" agents who were a bit too well built to credibly seem part of the ranks of the slight direct action pr...
Anarchists on the Beach
TOM CRUMPACKER
In the long media buildup to the November FTAA negotiations, we Miamians were often told that of the tens of thousands of outside protesters who would be coming to our city, 90% would be decent citizens who were exercising their rights of speech and assembly,...
London and Miami, Cops in Two Cities
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
The climax of the big demonstrations against President Bush on his recent London jaunt was the toppling of a papier mache statue of the commander in chief, a reprise on the carefully staged pulling down of Saddam’s statue in Baghdad earlier this year. If tho...
Amnesty International, the Case of a Rape Foretold
PAUL De ROOIJ
Amnesty International is primarily motivated not by human rights but by publicity. Second comes money. Third comes getting more members. Fourth, internal turf battles. And then finally, human rights, genuine human rights concerns. – ...
Perle’s Confession
STEW ALBERT
Why would Richard Perle spill the neo-con’s beans and acknowledge that the US invasion of Iraq was against international law? Perhaps to make official and legitimate the Bush administration’s private principle that it is above any law written by a huma...
Hotied and Abused at Fort Benning
KATHY KELLY
On Sunday, November 23, I took part in a nonviolent civil disobedience action at Fort Benning, GA, to protest the U.S. Army´s School of the Americas (SOA, now called the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation — WHISC) Shortly afte...
an Interview with Michael Yates
DEREK SEIDMAN
Derek Seidman, an editor of Left Hook, interviewed Michael Yates, author of the new book ...
Media and War, Bringing It All Back Home
BRUCE JACKSON
(Keynote address at the "Media and War" symposium, University at Buffalo, 17-18 November, 2003) Definitions I want to take a moment to consider the two words the pairing of which occasions this symposium: war and media. "War&quo...
Of Warriors and Liberators
DIANE CHRISTIAN
"Our troops are warriors and liberators." US President George W. Bush, 11 November 2003 Warriors and liberators are not one. Forcing and freeing are different acts. The problem is time-you can’t do war and freed...
Western Powers Redefine Democracy
LINDA S. HEARD
Those halcyon days when "democracy" really meant "for the people, by the people" are tragically over in countries which purport to expound this ancient method of governance. In its place comes a system which spies on, categorises, labels and re...
Miami’s Trade Troubles
MARK ENGLER
Jeb Bush wanted a win in Miami, and he got one, so the White House says. Any honest observer, however, knows that the negotiations for the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) failed before they ever began. Almost a week before the summit, trade officials...
Ashcroft’s Cointelpro
DAVID LINDORFF
Disclosure of a confidential memorandum sent by the FBI to local police disclosing a massive program of infiltration and surveillance of lawful anti-war and anti-WTO protest movements confirms what most progressives and leftists in the U.S. knew already–that...
Gulag Americana
ELAINE CASSEL
The November 22 Washington Post reported an alarming story about a Virginia resident and American citizen, 22 year-old Ahmed Abu Ali. In June, as he was preparing to return home to Falls Church from Saudi Arabia where he is a student. He was detained by Saudi Arab...
Rupert Murdoch, Global Tyrant
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
LONDON. This city is now recovering from the November visit of a global tyrant, on whose rampages the sun never sets. His name is not George Bush but Rupert Murdoch. Bush, acknowledged as their legitimately elected leader by at least some of his fell...
Iraq Now
RON JACOBS
Great news!! The Iraqis will be running their own country by June 2004. Once again, the mission will be accomplished. It must be time to celebrate. George Bush can be elected president and continue his holy mission to make the world a safer place. Yay! As the sayi...